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A Unified DNACPR Policy

A Unified DNACPR Policy

A Unified DNACPR Policy

Tracey Courtnell
Tracey Courtnell
on behalf of Health Education England

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Launch date: 20 Aug 2018
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Last updated: 24 Aug 2018

Reference: 191959

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This session provides an introduction to Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) policies and highlights when an individual should not be subjected to attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This session was reviewed by Paul Clark and Christina Faull and last updated in June 2015.


By the end of this session you will be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the context and purpose of a DNACPR policy
Describe the legal framework surrounding a DNACPR policy
Use a structured framework to decide if a DNACPR decision is necessary
Recognise how to communicate a DNACPR decision
Recognise how DNACPR sits within the overall Pathway for End of Life Care and the principles of Advance Care Planning
Tracey Courtnell

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Tracey Courtnell
on behalf of Health Education England

Tracey qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1984. After working in Chester, Scotland and North Wales, on ED, Medical Intensive Care, CCU and Medicine she became a Resuscitation Officer in 1997. Tracey moved to Oxford in 2000 and became responsible for the resuscitation service for Oxfordshire PCT in 2002. She was elected as the Resuscitation Council’s ALS Regional Representative in 2006. After finishing a BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care Studies (specialising in Do Not Attempt Resuscitation), she is now studying for a Masters Degree in Medical Ethics and Law. Whilst working for Oxfordshire PCT, Tracey developed a policy ‘to determine a patient’s resuscitation status’, working closely with End of Life Care teams during its implementation. Tracey has been involved with the South Central Strategic Health Authority’s unified DNACPR policy from 2008, leading the policy group and working alongside the previous Project Manager until taking up the post herself in 2010. Tracey is working with the Department of Health National End of Life Care Programme in developing guidance and e-learning for DNACPR. This includes working towards national competencies for nurses involved in DNACPR discussions and in documenting the decisions.

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  • Health Education England
  • 0.75 Units -
    Exam Pass Rate: 60

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